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Help high school students extend beyond general reading comprehension and support the development of close reading analysis skills with this set of rigorous, text-dependent questions on the humorous short story “The Cop and the Anthem” by O. Henry. An answer key and copy of the public domain narrative are included. Materials are delivered in printable Word Document and PDF formats. By completing this activity, students will:

  • Identify what the text states both explicitly and implicitly
  • Analyze how complex characters interact and develop
  • Apply knowledge of literary devices including allusion, juxtaposition, and situational irony
  • Isolate a phrase that features an example of figurative language
  • Analyze character actions to make logical inferences
  • Determine the function of a particular passage
  • Make an inference about the author’s point of view
  • Articulate the significance of a given detail
  • Cite textual evidence in support of claims
  • Write with clarity, accuracy, and precision